Experience Qalipu will host an online auction of Mi’kmaw Art & Craft, on December 7-10, 2023, on Facebook. Just in time for your holiday shopping!
Details on how to sell your art & craft at the auction will be shared in the coming days, along with details for shoppers like how to bid and win the item of your dreams!
Join the group now and stay tuned for more details:
Gander November 6-7, 2023
Speak from the heart, learn from the heart and see others as doing the best that they can. These were the guiding principles presented to guests at the opening of the First Annual Mi’kmaw Leadership and Learning Gathering that took place in Gander November 6-7, 2023. The event, a collaboration between the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu First Nation and the Mi’kmaw Cultural Foundation, brought together some 170 students from the central region. The students, together with Elders, Chiefs, educators, and knowledge sharers, had the opportunity to experience and learn more about Mi’kmaw culture, history, music, dancing, leadership and so much more.
Take a look at some pictures from this fantastic event:
“My daughter Mya was asked to speak about her involvement in a film created by Mira Buckle, Building Connections Through Indigenous Youth Stories. Mya was also welcome to participate in the wonderful sessions that we facilitated by local Mi’kmaq Knowledge Keepers and her experience was so valuable. These types of opportunities foster the positive growth and knowledge of our Indigenous youth to become confident leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to the annual event and the continued impact it will have on the next seven generations.”
These four students were part of a video project, Building Connections Through Indigenous Youth Stories, with filmmaker Mira Buckle who joined the conference virtually to talk about her project alongside the students.
Qalipu First Nation is currently seeking a Member-at-Large to join their Culture, Tourism, and Community Development Standing Committee. This committee provides a unique opportunity for Band Members to contribute their knowledge and expertise and have hands-on access and input into the operational plans of the Department. Your contribution to this Committee can help our Nation reach success in building stronger communities through cultural and language initiatives, tourism, craft development, and entrepreneurial support.
The ideal candidate is a Band member living in the province with a background in Culture, Tourism, and Community Development or related fields of experience. If you are committed and want to contribute your knowledge as a volunteer on this committee, please see below for details and submit your application by Friday, December 15, 2023, at 12:00 pm NST.
The Committee consists of a minimum of two (2) Ward Councilors, two (2) departmental staff support and one (1) Member-at-Large.
The Committee meets a minimum of six (6) times per year, either in person or by video conference (Microsoft Teams).
When travel is required, the Band will cover the cost.
Per diems are provided for meeting participation.
“To reach great successes in building stronger communities through cultural initiatives, tourism and craft development, and our entrepreneurial support program.”
Roles and Responsibilities of a Member-at-Large Committee Member
- Participate in Committee Meetings in person or by video conference.
- Maintain engagement and involvement by responding to Committee emails between meetings to weigh in on decisions, programs, and activities.
- Work collaboratively with the Committee to ensure team-based and positive outcomes of the Annual Operating Plan and strategic objectives of the Band.
- Establish and identify priorities of programs and projects, evaluate effectiveness, and relevance to the department’s current policies and procedures as applicable.
- Monitor the provincial landscape concerning the department, and report concerns or opportunities to the committee.
- Represent a membership perspective while demonstrating respect for Mi’kmaw and community values.
- Contribute skills, knowledge, and experience toward accomplishing the goals and objectives of the Committee.
- Adhere to a Commitment of Confidentiality.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Has a background in an education-related field and five years of experience
- Is a member of the Band
- Is a resident of Newfoundland
- Must be able to travel within Newfoundland
- Must be willing to sign a Commitment of Confidentiality
- Must have an understanding of Indigenous culture and ceremony
- Must undergo a code of conduct check
If you are interested in this unique opportunity to work with the Band, please send your resume and cover letter to Suzanne Park at email@example.com by Friday, December 15, 2023, at 12:00pm NST.
If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Charles Pender, Band Manager at 709-634-8059
Congratulations to our Chief Brendan Mitchell who was selected to become the first Newfoundland Regional Chief for Newfoundland with the Assembly of First Nations!
In the near future, a new Interim Chief of Qalipu First Nation will be selected from among the two existing Vice-Chiefs in accordance with our Election Code. Concurrent with this process Regional Chief Mitchell will be transitioning out of his role as Chief of Qalipu and establishing a new office here in Corner Brook in his role as Regional Chief.
To honour and remember the Indigenous Veterans who served Canada, Qalipu First Nation invites community members to submit a photo of their lost family member or loved one. The photos will be added to our Virtual Indigenous Veterans Memorial Wall which will be shared for Remembrance Day again this year.
Please ensure that your photo submission is of a high resolution so that the image can be clearly displayed on our website. We also ask you to tell us about the Veteran with details such as their name, years of service, their regiment or unit, and their home community.
Submissions can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To discuss, please call 647-3009.
Qalipu’s Annual General Assembly will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2023, in Grand Falls-Windsor at the Mount Peyton Hotel (Newfoundland Room) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All Band members in the area are encouraged to attend.
Qalipu staff will be on hand to share resources and answer questions and Indian Registration staff will offer FREE passport-style photos and take care of your SCIS renewal if needed.
There will also be prize giveaways, music, a light lunch and an annual report that includes a presentation on the bands’ audited financial statements. There will also be a special door prize provided by a Mi’kmaw artist!
Chief Brendan Mitchell and the team hope to see you there.
Please pre-register by calling 709-634-5111
The next regular meeting of the Chief and Council will take place in Grand Falls-Windsor at the Mount Peyton Hotel (Mill Room) on Saturday, Nov 04, 2023, from 11 am to 3 pm.
To register to attend this meeting, please call 709-634-5111